Combined Honours

PASS Scheme

PASS Scheme

Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) is a team of specially trained Combined Honours students. They offer advice on academic writing skills to help progress your studies.

The PASS team also advise on how to plan, structure and proofread your assignments. They can give you specialist advice on time management and referencing.

How PASS works

The PASS Scheme is available to all Combined Honours students. It's a drop-in service.

You can also arrange an appointment by emailing pass@ncl.ac.uk.

We've started getting feedback about the scheme. There's some solid evidence that students who use the scheme have been receiving better grades back from recent assignments.

During a session

During the drop-in sessions, you sit with a PASS advisor and discuss what areas you're finding challenging.

The PASS advisor will read through your work and offer advice. They'll tell you how you can self-correct, by asking questions and offering tips.

The PASS team hold workshops on different aspects of academic writing, if there is enough demand.

All in all it's a very informal and friendly meeting.

Our advisers

The team are specially trained in academic writing, and in how to offer guidance.

The team can give you feedback on:

  • content structure and paragraphing
  • spelling and grammar
  • referencing
  • proof reading
  • planning and time management
  • research advice

We don't mark your work or offer advice on the subject specific content of your assignment. Our PASS team are undergraduate students and do not hold professional positions at the University.

Recruitment of PASS team

Positions for PASS Advisers and PASS Co-ordinator will be advertised in the second semester of every year. If you're taking an intercalating year, you should apply before you go away. We'll make arrangements when you return.

For more information, email PASS@ncl.ac.uk.

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